Hallmark and White House Team to Celebrate July 4th

Thanks to Hallmark, citizens can view the White House concert and firework show from their homes.

Fireworks explode over the National Mall as the US Capitol (R) and National Monument are seen on July 4, 2017, in Washington, DC.

By Allegra Thatcher Published on July 2, 2018

This year, you can celebrate the 4th of July with the President of the United States. For the first time, Independence Day festivities at the White House will be broadcast live, courtesy of the Hallmark Channel.

The 90-minute special will feature country music star Sara Evans, former American Idol finalists Jax and Jonny Brenns, and pianist Lola Astanova. And, of course, the Trump family.

The 8 p.m. concert will conclude with fireworks around 9 p.m.

The Experience

According to The District, up to 700,00 people gather each year in the Nation’s Capital to watch the magnificent fireworks display, a colorful bombardment set against the backdrop of the Washington Monument. People camp out all day on the National Mall or the Capitol’s West Lawn to gain premiere viewing spots. However, the low lay-out of the city provides plenty of other viewing options.

Still, the best seat in town is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Just ask these former residents.

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As they did last year, the current residents, Donald and Melania Trump will host a picnic for military families on the South Lawn. Then, thanks to Hallmark, the rest of America can join the party.

“I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration,” the first lady said in a statement. “Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities.”

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The United States Marine Band, the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters and the United States Air Force Band’s Max Impact are also scheduled to appear in the evening. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are sponsors of the event.

In this July 4, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as first lady Melania Trump looks on from the Truman Balcony in Washington, DC. The president was hosting a picnic for military families for the July 4 holiday.

In this July 4, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as first lady Melania Trump looks on from the Truman Balcony in Washington, DC. The president was hosting a picnic for military families for the July 4 holiday.

Meanwhile, Down on Capitol Hill

Celebrations are taking place at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue as well.

PBS is again broadcasting live from the Capitol’s West Lawn with their annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration. This show also begins at 8 eastern time. Called the “longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition,” the event always has some big names lined up. This year, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, the cast of Broadway’s Escape to Margaritaville and The Temptations will take the stage. The night will also include selections by singers Andy Grammar and Chita Rivera. Fuller House star John Stamos hosts.

Independence Day in Washington is never lacking in exciting things to do. From morning parades to evening fireworks, the capital offers hearty cheers for the red, white and blue. Thanks to the First Lady’s office and Hallmark, Americans can now be even closer to the heart of the celebration.

 

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